Marvels of Bach Flowers as an alternative anxiety treatment

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Bach Flowers are a set of 38 natural remedies, created by the english physician Dr. Edward Bach, between 1926 and 1934. It is an alternative healing system based on the essence of specific flowers mixed with other components. Dr. Bach had the theory that physical illnesses have a huge emotional component.

The therapy consists in taking a few drops of the remedies a few times a day. It is pretty  similar to homeopathy, however, Dr. Bach changed the method of preparation, so rather than diluting the flowers extracts, he collected them from the morning dew left in the flowers, which proved to be powerful enough. The process, afterward, was a little more sophisticated, but, in general, stayed as natural as possible.

As an alternative treatment for anxiety it is excellent, especially because it can be combined with other therapies. These natural essences, generally, do not present any contraindications or side effects, however, if you have  doubts or a particular condition, it is always advisable to consult a health professional.

Here are some of the Bach Flowers recommended in the anxiety treatment:

  • Aspen: The key remedy to treat anxiety disorders. This is because it focuses on fears, specifically diffuse fears, and helps strengthen the personal sense of safety.
  • Agrimony: Helps to control anxiety. Brings peace.
  • Rock Rose: It is indicated in cases of panic.
  • Cherry Plum: To soothe the fear of losing control.
  • Gorse: For those who feel helpless.
  • Mustard flower: Mainly for those going through periods of sudden sadness.
  • Red Chestnut: When anxiety is product of concern for the wellbeing of others, brings calm.
  • Rock Water: This is recommended for those who are very demanding with themselves.
  • Verbena: Helps to relax, especially those who feel accelerated.
  • Cerato: Strengthens those who do not trust themselves. Recommended for persons with  social anxiety.
  • Impatiens: Brings peace and balance.
  • Mimulus: Helps overcome anxiety about specific fears, such as phobias.
  • Star of Bethlehem: For those charged with suffering caused by a traumatic event.
  • Larch: is recommended for people suffering anxiety about failure.

Process for taking the remedies:

  1. Choose the right flowers according to the specific problem. This can be done individually, but it is often preferable to seek specialist advice on the subject.
  2. Prepare the remedy: In a dropper bottle of 25 or 30 ml. place between 1/4 and 1/8 of the bottle with Brandy (it is the most recommended liquor, however, you can use another liquor or vinegar). Then, fill the rest of the bottle with purified water. In this medium, add 2 drops of each tincture of the flower or flowers you have chosen. Stir slightly and the remedy is ready to drink. As for the combination has been observed that the less flowers given at the same time, its effect is faster, deeper and longer lasting. The recommended maximum by Dr. Bach himself, it`s seven flowers at the same time.
  3. To take your remedy: The general rule is to take four drops four times a day, spaced from meals (10 minutes before or after eating). It is recommended to take them  always at the same hours everyday.

For some more information on Bach Flowers, you can visit this sites:

http://www.iampanicked.com/anxiety-articles/bach-flower-essences.htm
http://www.bachflower.com/38_Essences.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bach_flower_remedies

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